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Butterflyweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterflyweed has clusters of tiny, orange flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer. (weywuwei/Flickr)
Butterflyweed has clusters of tiny, orange flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer. (weywuwei/Flickr)

Butterflyweed, also known as butterfly flower or butterfly milkweed, is a native perennial plant with that blooms in late spring and early summer.

Appearance:

Butterflyweed has clusters of tiny, five-petaled orange, reddish-orange or yellowish-orange flowers, which bloom in May to July. It grows 1 to 3 feet tall.

Habitat:

Found in fields, meadows, roadsides and other dry, open areas. Grows in full or partial sun.

Range:

Grows throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Reproduction and Life Cycle:

Seed pods develop in late summer. Seeds have fluffy white hairs, which help them scatter in the wind. New seedlings grow in spring.

Other Facts:

  • Butterflyweed is also known as butterfly flower and butterfly milkweed. It provides habitat for butterfly eggs and larvae.
  • Its bright coloring and copious nectar production attracts bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.
  • Native Americans used butterflyweed for fiber to make rope and cloth, as well as for medicinal purposes.

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